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Ekta Kapoor stands up against cyber bullying amid ‘Triple X’ controversy, questions ‘sex is bad but rape is okay?’

TV Czarina and film producer Ekta Kapoor caught herself in the middle of a storm after former Bigg Boss contestant and YouTuber Hindustani Bhau aka Vikas Phatak filed a complaint against her and her mother Shobha Kapoor for a controversial scene in her web series Triple X-2. It was followed by a police complaint in Gurugram’s Palam Vihar police station and an FIR in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

For the unversed, the complaints mention that Ekta has allegedly insulted the Indian Army as the scene in question showed an army officer’s wife having an illicit affair. Also in the sequence, a torn Army uniform is shown, which is disrespectful towards the armed forces and military personnel. Although Ekta has deleted the controversial scene in her web series and  even apologised for any hurt sentiment unintentionally, she has been troubled by massive cyber bullying after the controversy burgeoned over the past few days. In fact, the hashtag #ALTBalaji_Insults_Army started on Twitter Tuesday onwards with several netizens lashing out at her.

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Now in a recent Instagram live chat with Shobha De, Ekta stood up against social media bullying and said that she is not okay with the rape threats she is getting. Hinting at Hindustani Bhau, Ekta said, “This gentleman who thinks that he’s the ‘patriot of the year’ decided to come out there, abuse my mother and me. And now, he has openly put a rape threat on a social platform. This is now no longer about the army or sexual content because the idea of this is ‘rape a girl, rape her son, rape her 71-year-old mother’ for making sexual content. It means sex is bad but rape is okay.”

She also claimed that it was “no big deal” for her to issue an apology for the controversial scene but she has now “decided to take the route of standing up to this cyberbullying”. She quipped, “If they can decide to take my nudes out, put out my nudes on the net, call me r****, then tomorrow, they can do this to any girl,” adding, “You want to rub my nose on the ground? Well, you are not getting a chance.”

Lastly, Ekta signed of by saying that she would willingly apologise if the demand for it came from “any bona fide army institution” but she would not give in to social media trolling.

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